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Perspectives on Growth and Poverty
Rolph van der Hoeven and Anthony Shorrocks
ISBN 92-808-1091-X
September 2003
  320 pages
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    The relationship between growth and poverty lies at the heart of development economics. While many see aggregate growth as both necessary and sufficient for reducing poverty, and consequently focus their efforts on achieving the desired macroeconomic outcomes, others stress that the benefits from growth may not be evenly spread. In fact critics of globalization often point out that growth of the macroeconomy may well have an adverse effect on the most vulnerable members of society. Thus the distributional impact of growth, as well as its level, needs to be taken into account when considering the consequences for poverty. [READ MORE...]

    "...provides a very timely contribution to the growth and poverty debate. This book will be a valuable addition for all academics and practitioners interested in economic development."
    The Institute of Economic Affairs
    Journal of International Development
    J. Int. Dev. 17, 1093-1107 (2005)
    Published online in Wiley InterScience

    DOI: 10.1002/jid.1103
    Rolph van der Hoeven is Manager of the Technical Secretariat of the World Commission on Globalization, established by the International Labour Organization in Geneva. Having previously held positions in the Employment Strategy Department at the ILO and with UNICEF in New York, he is widely published on employment, poverty, inequality and economic reform issues. Anthony Shorrocks is Director of UNU/WIDER. Having previously held permanent positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Essex, he has published extensively on topics related to income and wealth distribution, inequality and poverty, and has been working recently on various issues concerned with the social problems facing Russia in the post reform era.


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